University Archivist and Head of Special Collections

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William John Shepherd attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), receiving a BA in History with minors in International Studies and German in 1984 and a MA in History with a concentration in British history in 1986. He began his archival career as an intern at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, MD, 1988-1989, and has been employed at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives of CUA since 1989, serving as Acting Archivist in 1994-1995, Assistant Archivist from 1995 to 2002, Associate Archivist from 2002 to April 2018, and Acting University Archivist, May 2018-April 2019. 

Mr. Shepherd was a panel grant reviewer for The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and a contributor to An Historical List of Public Officials of Maryland, 1634-1990. (1990), The New Catholic Encyclopedia (2003), Paul Hanly Furfey's Quest for a Good Society (2005), and The Columbia Guide to Irish-American History (2005). He has also authored or co-authored articles in Military History, Newsletter of the Scotch Irish Society of the United States of America, Pennsylvania History, Potomac Catholic Heritage, The Highlander: Magazine of Scottish Heritage, U.S. Catholic Historian, and Washington History as well as book reviews on the Hillsdale College Churchill Project web site; in the academic journals Catholic Library World, The Historian, Journal of British Studies, Swiss-American Historical Review, and Washington History; association publications such as the Churchill Center's Finest Hour and the Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute; magazines America's Civil War, Blue and the Gray, Civil War Times, Military History and World War II; and the Civil War Courier newspaper.